Mount Clemens man reportedly pulls gun on repo man

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published April 10, 2015

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MOUNT CLEMENS — A 63-year-old Mount Clemens man is free on bond following an incident in which he allegedly pulled a gun on a man attempting to repossess his vehicle April 6.

According to the arrest report, a 31-year-old man with a valid order to repossess a 2005 Chevrolet Suburban at an address on Washington Street was in the middle of his job at 7:30 p.m. when the owner came out of the home with a gun.

Lt. John Michalke with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department said Howard Kimduvle McSwain exited his home armed with a seven-shot Burgo .32-caliber revolver and pointed it at the repossession man’s face and ordered him to “drop the car.”

Michalke said the two men began to wrestle, and the repossession man managed to take the gun away from McSwain. McSwain first retreated back inside his home, but exited again a short time later, got into another vehicle and fled the scene, police said.

Once at the scene, deputies confiscated the gun and were able to make telephone contact with McSwain and convince him to return.

Upon McSwain’s return, an ambulance was called to treat him for a minor injury. Due to an unrelated medical condition, McSwain was transported to a hospital. He was treated and released, and subsequently was brought to the Macomb County Jail.

He was charged April 7 with one count of felonious assault and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. He was released on a $10,000 personal bond shortly after his arraignment. 

“He’s got a criminal history dating back to 1969,” said Michalke, adding that some past offenses have included car theft, assaulting a police officer and possession of a controlled substance.

“The magistrate consulted our detectives on the bond before he imposed it because (McSwain) has medical problems that require treatment,” he said.

McSwain’s next court appearance will be at 8:30 a.m. April 20. He had not yet attained legal representation at press time.

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